The Perfect Server - Mandriva 2007 Spring Free (Mandriva 2007.1)

Version 1.1
Author: Falko Timme

This is a detailed description about how to set up a Mandriva 2007 Spring Free server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Courier POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. This tutorial is written for the 32-bit version of Mandriva 2007 Spring, but should apply to the 64-bit version with very little modifications as well.

I will use the following software:

  • Web Server: Apache 2
  • Mail Server: Postfix
  • DNS Server: BIND9
  • FTP Server: proftpd
  • POP3/IMAP server
  • Webalizer for web site statistics

In the end you should have a system that works reliably and is ready for the free webhosting control panel ISPConfig (i.e., ISPConfig runs on it out of the box).

I want to say first that this is not the only way of setting up such a system. There are many ways of achieving this goal but this is the way I take. I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!

 

1 Preliminary Note

In this example I will use the following settings for my system:

  • IP address: 192.168.0.100, gateway: 192.168.0.1
  • Host name: server1.example.com

Your settings will most likely differ, so you might have to adjust the instructions from this tutorial.

 

2 Requirements

To install such a system you will need the following:

 

3 The Base System

Boot from your Mandriva 2007 Spring Free DVD. Select Install Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring on your system and press Enter:

Choose your language next:

Accept the license and click on Next:

Select Standard as the Security level and leave the field Security Administrator empty:

Now we have to partition our hard disk. You can choose to let the Mandriva installer do the partitioning, or you can do it yourself. I want to create a small /boot partition (about 150 MB) with the file system ext3, a swap partition and a huge / partition (again with ext3):

Click on Next on the following screen:

Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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